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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Eversource Energy Eager To Start On Northern Pass

Think the folks at Eversource Energy's  aren't chomping at the bit to get work started on their Northern Pass transmission line project that will bring more hydro power from Canada into the New England electricity market?

The company announced on Tuesday that  has reached an agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. It has already hired 15 apprentice electrical workers as part of its arrangement with the IBEW, according to New Hampshire Public Radio.

The only problem is that Hartford, Ct.-based Eversource still has a number of federal and state approvals that must be approved before any construction can begin.

There's nothing wrong or illegal with what Eversource is doing. To some extent, the partnership with the IBEW and the hiring of apprentice line workers is just good planning.

And since the 187 mile project will come straight down the state's middle from north to south, Granite State workers deserve first crack at the work.

The transmission project would bring 1,200 megawatts of hydropower from Quebec into southern New Hampshire, where the line would be linked up with the regional power grid. A small portion of the transmission line’s route, about eight or nine miles, goes through the heart of the White Mountain National Forest.

But it is another example that the company is prepared to go to great lengths to get the project approved.

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